Blockchain Technology for the Public Good: Design Constraints in a Human Rights Context

Centre Research Associate Geoff Goodell, together with Tomaso Aste, discusses why blockchain technology is for the public good in Open Access Government.

Digital technologies offer great potential for the marginalized populations of the world in many dimensions of their lives, including communication, commerce, financial inclusion, disaster recovery and the delivery of aid. However, digital technologies can also play a divisive role. By enabling the powerful who can access key information and who have the capability to develop infrastructure, it often penalises those who cannot, especially the most disadvantaged. This is consequently increasing inequality and marginalization. In this respect, technology is not neutral, and its design can strongly influence and shape our future society.


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